2014 Kingston "Cariblanco" Sauvignon Blanc Casablanca Valley

SKU #1217815 92 points Wine & Spirits

 The Kingston family has a reputation for growing some of the best grapes in the Casablanca Valley. While they sell much of their fruit, they select vines in their Las Dichas vineyards for their own range of wines, including Cariblanco, a Sauvignon with delicate scents of herbs and citrus fruits, fused with a soft acidity in a smooth texture. A good companion for ceviche.  (6/2016)

90 points James Suckling

 A fresh and bright white with sliced lemon and fennel character. Medium body, fresh acidity and a clean finish.  (7/2015)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Cariblanco is produced with fruit from Casablanca Valley and was kept in stainless steel for five months before bottling. The style is not as pungent and herbal as some other examples from Casablanca. It has a nice combination of white fruit, fennel, some balsamic aromas and something perfumed that made me think of talcum powder. The palate is sharp and a little austere with good acidity; the wine is fresh and with pungent flavors. (LG)  (10/2015)

Wine Enthusiast

 Aromas of snap pea, tropical fruits and grass comprise the nose. This feels citrusy and pure, with salty, briny grapefruit and tangerine flavors. On the finish, this falls off a touch, with yeasty, bready notes filling the voids. (MS)  (11/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Open and fresh-tasting, with plenty of zest to the white fruit and citrus flavors. Taut, green herbal notes show on the finish. (KM)  (5/2015)

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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/16/2015 | Send Email
Kingston Family Vineyards is one of our favorite projects in South America, owing in no small part to Portola Valley's own Courtney Kingston and her family's approach to winemaking in the cooler climate Casablanca Valley. This approach emphasizes communication between all actors involved in this labor of love: Chilean and American family members, vineyard workers and traveling viticultural specialists (Ridge's Dave Gates still travels here twice a year to help out), winemakers and Courtney. As a result, the wines continue to come into their own and be among the most consistently well-made, delicious wines that Chile has to offer. For their Sauvignon Blanc, the wine is aged on its lees for around eight months and bottled much later than most Sauvignon Blancs from Chile - or elsewhere, for that matter. The resulting wine has terrific bright citrus flavors and just a hint of Sauvignon Blanc's pleasant greenish snap, as well as a mouthfeel and texture that speaks to the quality of the fruit and thoughtful winemaking. With the 2014 vintage, we have the added bonus of a very good quality, cooler vintage to highlight the natural freshness and raciness of the Sauvignon Blanc. This is always one of our favorite SBs in the store!

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.


- Located on the western coast of South America and bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes to the East, the Chilean wine-growing climate is similar to that of California's Napa Valley and Bordeaux. The Chilean wine industry is known for being consistently free of phylloxera, but political and economic unrest has brought its own source of disorder. The recent establishment of a free market has resuscitated the wine industry, and significant investments have been made, switching the economic focus from domestic production to exports. Chile produces roughly a quarter of the wine Argentina produces, and is known for single-varietal exports, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. It's a popular region in the U.S. known for inexpensive and tasty wine. Click for a list of bestselling items from Chile.
Alcohol Content (%): 14